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by Yacobg42
March 16th, 2018, 12:28 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Stanley Parable
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: 318: The Stanley Parable

Once, I gave The Stanley Parable to my dad to play. He played it once through, following all the directions. I pressed him to try it again, and he nearly did the exact same thing, until I nudged him to *not* go along with the narration. At that point, the magic was gone. The Stanley Parable is a one...
by Yacobg42
January 29th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Hyper Light Drifter
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: 326: Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter might be one of the most aesthetically consistent games I've ever played. Like with the best pixel art, it's hard to imagine the game ever visually aging a day- the environments are so rich in detail, the little animations so expressive...I mean, the opening cutscene by itself is...
by Yacobg42
January 16th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: Podcast Game Discussion
Topic: 336: Resident Evil 4 (Biohazard 4)
Replies: 15
Views: 956

Re: 336: Resident Evil 4 (Biohazard 4)

Resident Evil 4 holds a special place in my heart as my very first m-rated game . I had a Wii, and had just had my bar-mitzvah. My argument to my parents was, therefore, "If the Torah says I'm a man, why shouldn't I be able to play mature games?" Little did I know that I was getting one of the most ...
by Yacobg42
January 16th, 2018, 3:16 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite (SPOILERS)
Replies: 283
Views: 21953

Re: 310: BioShock Infinite

Okay, I'm gonna try to do it. Let's talk about the racial politics of Bioshock Infinite. This isn't an easy conversation to have, and it's been broiling since it's release. I just want to precede this by saying, while no means an expert, I'm a sociologist with a concentration in race theory, so this...
by Yacobg42
September 27th, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: All things Bayonetta
Replies: 78
Views: 14087

Re: Our next-but-one podcast recording (8.10.17): Bayonetta 2

Like a lot of people in this thread, I played a LOT of Bayonetta. Probably around 80 hours, enough to feel pretty comfortable with non-stop infinite climax, unlock jeanne, etc. Bayo becomes a completely different game when playing it that intensely- the "spectacle" of it, which is the main appeal fo...
by Yacobg42
April 10th, 2017, 12:17 am
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 918
Views: 168327

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

With the re-release of the excellent World of Goo on the Switch, it seems like a great time to revisit one of the cheesiest and most fun songs from an absolute marvel of a soundtrack. Red Carpet Extend-O-Matic plays during a bizarre level that involves smashing a large blob of makeup-wearing goo int...
by Yacobg42
April 5th, 2017, 12:21 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Life Is Strange
Replies: 40
Views: 6499

Re: Life Is Strange

I'm sure there are games with worse writing than the first episode of Life is Strange. I sure couldn't think of any while I played through it though. I jumped on that first episode early, mostly because I wanted to support a women-centric, non-violent, gorgeous-looking game. And while I did apprecia...
by Yacobg42
April 1st, 2017, 3:44 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: SOMA
Replies: 10
Views: 2090

Re: SOMA

(first of all, I want to acknowledge the two Ammys in a row on the forum here) During the middle of my trek through Theta, I thought "I hate this." Not in a way that conveyed existential dread, or out of true fear of what lay ahead. I hated sitting in a room, waiting, as my vision glitched and roari...
by Yacobg42
April 1st, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Mad Max
Replies: 11
Views: 1995

Re: Mad Max

Mad Max may be the perfect podcast game. The concept of this is worth a discussion in its own right- is a game truly good if you prefer to play it with people blabbering on in the background?- but personally, when I want to really just zone out for a while, podcasts and games are my go-to. Mad Max e...
by Yacobg42
February 16th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Thirteenth Colossus
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: The Thirteenth Colossus

Great write-up! Elegant and powerful. It made me want to check out The Fog Horn . SotC is indeed one of these games which manage to capture the audience's imagination in a beautiful way. Good choice for an essay. The end does seem a bit abrupt, though. Was this intentional? Thanks for reading it! I...
by Yacobg42
February 15th, 2017, 11:22 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: The Thirteenth Colossus
Replies: 3
Views: 649

The Thirteenth Colossus

Hey all! I'm tossing around the idea of starting a gaming blog/series of essays about striking moments in games. The Cane and Rinse community is one that has always been incredibly thoughtful and I would love any feedback on this first entry. Shadow of the Colossus is, in many ways, a game about mom...
by Yacobg42
February 12th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Undertale
Replies: 18
Views: 2897

Re: Undertale

Instead, it's a game bursting with more humanity than maybe anything I've ever played. It insists that everyone, from the lowliest doggo to the most intimidating knight, has something to give to the world. It's a world where being good is hard , but also one in which it matters . Its optimism, humo...
by Yacobg42
January 23rd, 2017, 11:40 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: All things The Legend of Zelda
Replies: 252
Views: 62793

Re: Our next Zelda podcast recording (12.2.17): The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I'll try to keep this quick, as I know we all have a lot to say about Zelda. After Twilight Princess, which was a formative experience in my gaming career (I wrote a fairly emotional post about it for that recording), Skyward Sword just left me cold. Some of the ideas were very clever, especially th...
by Yacobg42
January 17th, 2017, 11:19 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: They Breathe
Replies: 9
Views: 1444

Re: They Breathe

I wish there were more games like They Breathe. In some ways, it reminds me of a twisted Pixar short. It establishes a tone, delivers its twist, and gets the heck out before overstaying its welcome. It's a bite-size game, but has stayed in my memory far more than some titles that I've spent dozens o...
by Yacobg42
January 14th, 2017, 6:21 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 918
Views: 168327

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

Furi is a game with exceedingly few lines of dialogue. It's a through and through boss rush, only broken up by stretches of contemplation (and a mostly superfluous narrator, but I digress). The bosses, therefore, have to rely on other means of conveying their personality. The track I picked here, Th...
by Yacobg42
January 14th, 2017, 2:14 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Undertale
Replies: 18
Views: 2897

Re: Undertale

How can I express what Undertale means to me? On the surface, it's a cute, expectation-subverting RPG. It has a clever battle system. It has hard bosses, pretty art, and fun gameplay twists. But for me, that's not what Undertale is . Instead, it's a game bursting with more humanity than maybe anythi...
by Yacobg42
September 5th, 2016, 8:14 pm
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: All things The Legend of Zelda
Replies: 252
Views: 62793

Re: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Not only was Twilight Princess the first Zelda I ever played, it was in many ways the first game I ever played. With wary parents and no older siblings, video games were something that, for large amounts of my childhood, I could only experience in brief segments at friends' houses. I was always capt...
by Yacobg42
August 29th, 2016, 9:15 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 918
Views: 168327

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

I feel like talking about Hotline Miami in context of video game music is almost cliche, but I also feel like the second one is weirdly neglected. Maybe it's because the gameplay walks on the wrong edge of unfair, or maybe it's just because it's virtually impossible to visually distinguish them with...
by Yacobg42
July 29th, 2016, 3:13 am
Forum: Videogame Discussion
Topic: Whatcha Been Playing?
Replies: 5854
Views: 578626

Re: Whatcha Been Playing?

So I came here because, even though it's not recent, I just played through The Beginner's Guide and am profoundly affected. I had fully intended to play it but it just got lost, until I was reminded by Innuendo Studio's newest video to play through it. I think it's one of the most affecting pieces o...
by Yacobg42
May 29th, 2016, 5:45 pm
Forum: Sound of Play
Topic: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)
Replies: 918
Views: 168327

Re: The videogame music thread (also Sound of Play submissions)

Although still very recent, I think the writing's on the wall that the new Doom will be something of a landmark game. A lot of the game's charm and clear difference from other shooters released in the past few years comes from its sense of momentum and primacy . It strips down all the fluff of other...